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December 02, 2011

Airborne 12.02.11: Boeing, American Airlines, United And The NTSB Lead This Week's News!

Airborne 12.02.11: Boeing, American Airlines, United And The NTSB Lead This Week's News!

Airborne Has More Fascinating Stories This Week... And a Surprise!

We're continue to get RAVE reviews over the debut of Airborne... and great ideas as to where we need to broaden our horizons as we continue to develop this program. 

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.02.11

Tarmac strandings remain a significant threat.
A California sheriff now has a CTLE on duty.
And the US Marines have faith the F-35B will survive the bean counters.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.01.11

Check your NOTAMs off the Florida coast.
United and Continental are now under a single certificate.
And here's help for Aero Commander owners with spar cracks.

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Changes! BARR Program Update Confirmed By FAA

BARR Requests For 'Tail-Number Blocking' No Longer Need To State Reason

The FAA has announced that, effective immediately, general aviation or on-demand charter aircraft owners or operators seeking to keep their aircraft's registration number from being displayed over public data systems during flight no longer need to submit a Certified Security Concern to the FAA. As a result of language in the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill, the FAA is withdrawing its June 3, 2011 policy (76 Fed. Reg. 32,258-32,265) of requiring aircraft owners or operators to submit a Certified Security Concern in order to have their aircraft tail number blocked from view on the FAA's Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) or National Airspace System Status Information (NASSI). 

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FAA Announces Alternative Energy Investments

Stated Goal Is Cleaner, More Sustainable Jet Fuel

The FAA is awarding $7.7 million in contracts to eight companies to help advance alternative, environmentally-friendly, sustainable sources for commercial jet fuel. The FAA funds are being distributed by the DOT's John A. Volpe Center.

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Six Earn Master Instructor Rating In November

Three Achieve Designations For The First Time

Six flight instructors have received the "Master" designation from Master Instructors LLC. The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA and industry that is earned by a candidate through a rigorous process of continuing professional activity and peer review.

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Air Force Extends X-37B Mission

Planned Landing Had Been Set For Wednesday, No New Date Announced

When the Air Force launched it's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle back in March, the mission profile called for the unmanned spacecraft to land 270 days later ... which would have been Wednesday, November 30th. It didn't happen.

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Union Voting Underway Among FAs At ExpressJet

National Mediation Board Has Mailed Voting Instructions To Nearly 2,300 Flight Attendants

The voting process for nearly 2,300 Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet Flight Attendants got underway Wednesday in an election to determine union representation. Voting instructions were mailed by the National Mediation Board (NMB) Wednesday and voting results are expected to be announced on December 21, 2011. AFA already represents approximately 1,200 Flight Attendants at Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

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Aircrew Missing From Vietnam War Identified

Crew Of Two Lost When OV-1A Mohawk Went Down During Recon Mission

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) says that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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SLS Mobile Launcher On The Roll

Half A Billion Tax Payer Dollars Recovered From The Waste Basket

On July 24th, 1965, at NASA's Kennedy space Center, a crawler transporter moved and Apollo Mobile Launcher for the first time. In this first test the crawler transporter moved the Mobile Launcher exactly 1,749 yards. At that point the test was stopped to allow evaluation of the move.

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NBAA Releases New Guide On Reimbursement Of Flight Expenses

Informative Handbook Is "Essential Reading" For Owner-Pilots

The NBAA has produced an important new guide that it says is essential reading for any owner-pilots that operate a business aircraft. The handbook, the latest resource in NBAA's efforts to support Light Business Airplane (LBA) operators, provides comprehensive information about reimbursement of flight expenses.

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NASA Selects 300 Small Business Research And Technology Projects

Will Evaluate Programs For Possible Contract Awards

NASA has selected 300 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for possible contract awards through the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These competitive awards-based programs encourage U.S. small businesses and research institutions to engage in federal research, development and commercialization.

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Updated Laval Cosmodome Reopens Dec. 15

Quebec Space Attraction To Offer Virtual Missions

The Cosmodome in Laval, Quebec calls itself Canada's only museum dedicated to the understanding of space exploration. A transformation of the attraction will be complete in just days, making it a center that will stimulate interest in space adventure and spark enthusiasm for space. On December 15, it will open the door to a new and unusual concept: a virtual experience of space and methods of space exploration.

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AD: Honeywell Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2011-24-11

MANUFACTURER: Certain Honeywell International Inc. ALF502L-2C, ALF502R-3, ALF502R-3A, ALF502R-5, LF507-1F, and LF507-IH turbofan engines.

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AD: Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 2B Turboshaft Engines

AD NUMBER: 2011-24-07

MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 2B Turboshaft Engines

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Aero-TV: EAA's Night Airshow -- Lighting up the Night Sky at AirVenture 2011

A Spectacular Way To End Aviation's Big Week

There are some things that are very difficult to describe. The night airshow which has capped off the last two years at AirVenture at Oshkosh is one of those things that almost has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

Aero-TV: EAA's Night Airshow -- Lighting up the Night Sky at AirVenture 2011

A Spectacular Way To End Aviation's Big Week

There are some things that are very difficult to describe. The night airshow which has capped off the last two years at AirVenture at Oshkosh is one of those things that almost has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Fortunately, Aero-TV was there to capture the airshow on the final day of this year's EAA gathering. So what were some of the reactions we got from people who saw the show? "It's just the coolest thing ever."

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Aviation Forum Focuses On Managing Flight Diversions

DOT, FAA Hold Session In Response To Problems Caused By Rare October Snowstorm

DOT and FAA officials sat down with airport and airline operators Wednesday to discuss a series of steps to improve critical information-sharing during severe weather to help guide better decision-making about flight diversions.

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AMR: Court Order Means Normal Ops For American, American Eagle

Employee Wages, Benefits To Continue Without Interruptions

Judge Sean H. Lane of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York granted approval Wednesday to a series of first day motions filed by the AMR Corp to help facilitate American's and American Eagle's continued normal business operations throughout the reorganization process.

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SPEEA: 737 MAX Decision Months In The Making

Labor Organizations Made A Strong Case For Assembly In Renton

Boeing’s announcement to build the 737 Max at the Renton plant culminates months of work by labor, government and business to ensure the next generation aircraft will be built by the most experienced workforce in the world at building single aisle commercial aircraft, according to leaders of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001.

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Murkowski To Obama: Rethink General Aviation Fees

Senator Points Out “Devastating” Potential Impact On Alaska Infrastructure, Economy

Senator Lisa Murkowski has written a letter to President Obama, taking issue with the Administration’s recent proposal to impose a $100 fee per flight on general aviation aircraft, as a way to reduce the nation’s growing deficit. “I write to voice my opposition to your Administration’s recent proposal to impose user fees on general aviation aircraft,” Murkowski wrote. 

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Navajo Down In Chicago Suburb Reported Fuel Exhaustion

ATC Recording Confirms Crew Declared An Emergency

Recordings obtained from liveATC.net confirm that the crew of a Piper Navajo on a medical transport flight reported fuel exhaustion short of the flight's intended destination. The plane went down in a Chicago suburb resulting in the fatal injury of three of the five people on board.

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ATA Now A4A

Air Transport Association Changes Name To Airlines For America

A name change for an established trade association is a fairly rare occurrence, but in a move is says will better represent its overall mission, the Air Transport Association on Thursday officially changed its name to Airlines for America.

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Klyde Morris 12.02.2011

Line Boy Haiku? Who Knew? You?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.02.11)

“It’s in the best interest of the flying public that we improve the way we share information so that during severe weather events, all of the many moving parts of our aviation system have the most updated and best information.” Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.02.11): Ruddervator

A pair of control surfaces on the tail of an aircraft arranged in the form of a V. These surfaces, when moved together by the control wheel, serve as elevators, and when moved differentially by the rudder pedals, serve as a rudder.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.02.11)

National Aviation Safety Foundation

The National Aviation Safety Foundation is a support group whose objective is to enhance aviation safety through educational programs at designated National facilities.

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